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Reinvigorating your Conservation Commission

There are a broad range of activities that Conservation Commissions can engage in, from stewarding town owned land to advising on land use planning to developing educational programs and volunteer opportunities. With all these options, it can be overwhelming and it requires careful planning to help a Conservation Commission move forward. Sometimes commissions need to take a fresh look at what they're doing and make small adjustments to get the group on the same page or get more people involved. Last year the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions partnered with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to produce a new version of the Conservation Commission Handbook as a reference for commissions to use. This webinar will provide ideas for reinvigorating your commission including outreach, strategic planning and the basics that make Conservation Commission an awesome volunteer opportunity.

Presenters: Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish & Wildlife Department 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Floodplain Forests of Otter Creek WMA

Otter Creek WMA in Danby and Mt Tabor is 1,139 acres and includes floodplains along Otter Creek and foothills of the Green Mountains. This walk will be led by department staff Will Eldgridge and Joel Flewelling, and will highlight the floodplain areas and the work department is doing with our partners to restore these forests along the river. Topics covered will include: function of riparian forests/buffers, erosional issues, promoting tree survival with beaver guards and herbaceous spraying, benefits to trout, recreational importance of the area, and opportunities for helping landowners address similar issues on their property.

This event is suitable for children ages 5 and older. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking off trail through grass and shrubs. 

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (rain date: Thursday, May 26)
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00pm
Location: Otter Creek WMA (WMA pull off from Route 7 at the Danby/Mt Tabor town line) | map
Limit: 50

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Introduction to Fishing Clinic

Join Fish & Wildlife Let’s Go Fishing program staff on a fishing adventure! The program includes aquatic ecology, fisheries management, regulations, equipment, and of course hands-on fishing.

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Bullhead Pond Fishing Access, Manchester VT | map

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Pelletier Dam Removal Site Tour

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Castleton, VT - US Route 4 West to Exit 5; North 1/4 miles on East Hubbardton Road

Habitat Stamp Donations At Work! habitat stamp

Habitat Stamp donations made in 2021 are funding the removal of this dam in Castleton, which is planned this summer and will reconnect approximately 37 miles of trout habitat. Tour with VT Fish and Wildlife Department & Vermont Natural Resources Council and see plans to reconnect approximately 37 miles of trout habitat.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids Fishing Event - Springfield

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 5/28/2022

Fishing Event Location: Ferguson Pond

Town of Event: Springfield

Address of Event: 220 Spencer Hollow Road

Sponsoring Organization: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 771

Contact: Rod O'Neil | AM Phone: (603) 558-0998 | PM Phone: (603) 558-0998

Saturday, May 28, 2022 (All day)

Introduction to Fishing Clinic

Join Fish & Wildlife Let’s Go Fishing program staff on a fishing adventure! The program includes aquatic ecology, fisheries management, regulations, equipment, and of course hands-on fishing.

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Wrightsville Reservoir, Montpelier VT | map

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Kids Fishing Event - Braintree

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 6/2/2022

Fishing Event Location: Kendall Pond

Town of Event: Braintree

Address of Event: Kendal Road

Sponsoring Organization: Braintree Elementary School

Contact: Janni Jacobs | AM Phone: (802) 728-9373 | PM Phone: (802) 728-9457

Thursday, June 2, 2022 (All day)

Kids Fishing Event - Springfield

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 6/4/2022

Fishing Event Location: Ferguson Farm Pond

Town of Event: Springfield

Address of Event: 220 Spencer Hollow Road

Sponsoring Organization: Springfield Moose Lodge 679

Contact: Keith Ferguson | AM Phone: (802) 885-3273 | PM Phone: (802) 885-3273

Saturday, June 4, 2022 (All day)

Kids Fishing Event - Townshend

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 6/4/2022

Fishing Event Location: Mill Brook

Town of Event: Townshend

Address of Event: Grafton Road

Sponsoring Organization: Townshend School Club

Contact: Tammy Greenwood | AM Phone: (802) 258-5140 | PM Phone: (802) 365-4020

Saturday, June 4, 2022 (All day)

Kids Fishing Event - Barton

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 6/4/2022

Fishing Event Location: Orleans County Rod & Gun Club Pond

Town of Event: Barton

Address of Event: Hollow Road

Sponsoring Organization: Orleans Co. Rod & Gun Club, Inc.

Contact: Kim Royer | AM Phone: (802) 323-3628 | PM Phone: (802) 754-6826

Saturday, June 4, 2022 (All day)

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